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Tamar Kordzaia to assume the post of Political Secretary of Republican Party
Update Time: 2017-01-22 16:02:00
Tamar Kordzaia will assume the post of Political Secretary of Republican Party. – this is the decision of National Committee of the Party.Tamar Kordzaia will replace David Berdzenishvili on the post. The members of National Committee voted for changes yesterday.According to Republican Party’ statute, the Political Secretary of the party is the second-rank position after Party Chairman.
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Irakli Kobakhidze talks about alternative version of the Preamble of Constitution
Update Time: 2017-01-22 16:01:00
The Constitutional Commission agrees on country's foreign policy directions and priorities, however differences of opinions exist on the legal issues - whether or not the European aspirations passage should be added to preamble of Constitution.The Speaker of the Parliament Irakli Kobakhidze explains that at the yesterday's meeting thematic group decided to elaborate alternative version of the Preamble, which will reflect this initiative.
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Irakli Kobakhidze talks about the rule of Presidential election
Update Time: 2017-01-22 16:01:00
Parliament Speaker and Chairman of Constitutional Commission  Irakli Kobakhidze talked about the rule of Presidential election during the program of Georgian Public Broadcaster. According to Kobakhidze,  before discussing this the issue of powers distribution between the branches of government must be considered. He explained that from the  legal point of view, both direct and indirect election procedures are legitimate.
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Exclusive interview of “Moambe” with Venice Commission President
Update Time: 2017-01-21 20:14:00
Changes to be made into Constitution, election legislation and reforms of court system - Venice Commission President Gianni Buquicchio, being on a visit in Tbilisi talked about in an exclusive interview of “Moambe” News Program of First Channel, GPB. The Venice Commission delegation arrived in Georgia at the invitation of Georgian Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze on January 20. The delegation, led by Venice Commission President Gianni Buquicchio, held meetings with Speaker of Parliament, representatives of executive and legislative authorities and President.During the visit, the delegation of the Venice Commission met with members of parliamentary faction Alliance of Patriots and minority factions.
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First working group of State Constitutional Commission holds meeting
Update Time: 2017-01-21 20:05:00
Harsh discussions and different viewpoints - The sitting of the first working group of State Constitutional Commission was held in the parliament. The commission consisting of four working groups has begun revising of the country’s main law starting today. The group working in direction of human rights and legal affairs assembled. Members of the group discussed the idea of fixing Georgia’s foreign course and Euro-Atlantic aspiration and location of supreme legislative body behind the closed door. Members of the group presented their viewpoints. 
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Situation in occupied Abkhazia discussed at CoE and OSCE
Update Time: 2017-01-21 16:18:00
The situation in Georgia’s one of two occupied regions of Abkhazia was discussed in Council of Europe and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Davit Zalkaliani, Deputy Foreign Minister said that the Georgian side talked about destruction of cultural and historic monuments and limitations to free movement and asked for a reaction from the international community. Zalkaliani also addressed General Secretary of UNESCO and demanded dispatching of the organization’s mission to the occupied region to study the current situation. 
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Defense Minister hosts diplomats
Update Time: 2017-01-21 16:15:00
Levan Izoria, Georgian Defense Minister hosted diplomats of NATO and European Union member states accredited in Georgia.  Discussions were held about ongoing reforms in defense ministry and establishment of armed forces compatible to NATO standards. 
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Group working on Law about Broadcasting being held
Update Time: 2017-01-21 16:08:00
The group working on changes to be made into Law about Broadcasting is holding the first meeting in the parliament. The proposal of separation of duties and authorities between Board of Trustees of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) and GPB General Director is being discussed. Chairman of GPB Board of Trustees is not attending the meeting. 
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Sitting of State Constitutional Commission being held
Publish Time: 2017-01-21 16:05:00
The sitting of State Constitutional Commission is being held in the parliament. The commission consisting of four working groups has begun revising of the country’s main law. The group working in direction of human rights and legal affairs has assembled today. Members of the group discussed the idea of fixing Georgia’s foreign course and location of supreme legislative body behind the closed door. 
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Sitting of State Constitutional Commission being held
Publish Time: 2017-01-21 12:05:00
The sitting of State Constitutional Commission is being held in the parliament. The commission consisting of four working groups will begin revision of main law of the country. The group working in direction of human rights and legal affairs has assembled today. Members of the group will present their initiatives. 
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UNM chairman’s post to remain vacant until Mikheil Saakashvili returns to Georgia
Update Time: 2017-01-20 18:39:00
The post of United National Movement (UNM) Party chairman will remain vacant until the return of the former President of Georgia, - the decision has been made at the National Movement congress today. The text of the relevant resolution was read to the congress participants by Nugzar Tsiklauri, one of the leaders of the party. "Since the third President of Georgia is the founder and leader of the United National Movement, who together with the Georgian people laid the foundation of the new Georgian statehood; since he is being persecuted by Ivanishvili’s regime for political reasons; since his citizenship was taken away, but he has never refused to be the chairman of the party; we, the members of the United National Movement, decided not to elect the party chairman until Mikheil Saakashvili is allowed to arrive in Georgia and fully get engaged into the political processes”, said Tsiklauri.After the reading of the text of the document, voting was held and the absolute majority of the congress participants supported the resolution.   
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Venice Commission President meets with former chairman of parliament and constitutionalists
Update Time: 2017-01-20 16:23:00
Venice Commission President Gianni Buquicchio, being on a visit in Georgia, met with Davit Usupashvili, former chairman of parliament, constitutionalists and representatives of non-governmental organizations.  Avtandil Demetrashvili, Joni Khetsuriani, Mindia Ugrekhelidze, Ana Natsvlishvili and Eka Gigauri participated in the meeting. President of Venice Commission inquired about their viewpoints about changes to be made into Constitution of Georgia. 
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Venice Commission Chairman meets with Georgian Parliament Speaker
Update Time: 2017-01-20 16:17:00
According to Venice Commission President Gianni Buquicchio, as a whole, the Constitution of Georgia is in line with the international standards, but it needs to be improved. After a meeting with Parliament Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze, Buquicchio stressed that he welcomes the readiness of the Parliament Chairman to share the remarks and views of the Venice Commission during the implementation of amendments into Constitution."I have been a friend of Georgia for the past 20 years. I have been to Georgia many times. Being Italian, I understand the Georgian mentality, we understand each other well. As a whole, the text of the Constitution is good and in line with international standards, but it should be further improved.The Venice Commission had some critical remarks when amendments were made to the Constitution in 2010. We do not impose anything on you, we just want to improve the Constitution and bring it into full compliance with international standards," Buquicchio said at the briefing held together with Kobakhidze.
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President of Venice Commission meeting with representatives of minority factions
Publish Time: 2017-01-20 16:15:00
Gianni Buquicchio, President of Venice Commission, being on a visit in Tbilisi, is meeting with representatives of parliamentary minority factions. Buquicchio earlier today was hosted by Georgia’s President Giorgi Margvelashvili. He also met with Irakli Kobakhidze, Parliament Speaker behind closed door. 
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UNM Congress underway at Sports Palace
Update Time: 2017-01-20 16:10:00
The congress of United National Movement (UNM) Party is underway at Tbilisi Sports Palace. About 7 thousand delegates from Tbilisi and regions are attending the congress.Political leaders will deliver speeches at the event and a new political board will be elected. As reported, the chairman of the board will be Nika Melia, while one of its members will reportedly be former Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze.As for the position of Secretary General, Vano Merabishvili will retain this position, though his duties will be fulfilled by the chairman of the political board until Merabishvili leaves prison.As for the position of Secretary General, the Prime Minister will retain the position again, although his duties until Merabishvili in prison, will assume the chair of the political council.Mikheil Saakashvili has addressed the participants of the congress through Skype from Washington. The congress is being attended by Mikheil Saakashvili’s family members - wife, mother and grandmother.
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Giorgi Kvirikashvili meets with Petro Poroshenko
Update Time: 2017-01-20 12:24:00
During the World Economic Forum in Davos, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. According to the Governmental Administration, the parties discussed strategic issues pertaining to the relations between the two countries. It was emphasized during the meeting that Georgia considers Ukraine its regional partner and is committed to deeper political, trade, economic, cultural, tourism, and other directions of cooperation.Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Petro Poroshenko discussed European integration and visa liberalization as top priority issues for Georgia and Ukraine, expressing hope that Georgian and Ukrainian citizens will enjoy short-term visa-free travel in the EU as early as 2017.It was emphasized at the meeting that 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The parties discussed a plan of different events in this format. During the conversation, the leaders of the two countries reiterated their support of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia and Ukraine.The meeting in Davos was attended by Georgia's Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze and Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Giorgi Gakharia.
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European Georgia faction demands holding of debates in parliament
Publish Time: 2017-01-20 12:23:00
The parliamentary European Georgia faction demands holding of debates in supreme legislative body over the agreement concluded with Gazprom Company by the Georgian government. Sergo Ratiani, MP, said that since Kakha Kaladze, Energy Minister did not arrive in parliament upon request, members of the parliamentary majority will have to answer questions about the agreement.
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UNM Congress to be held today
Update Time: 2017-01-20 12:21:00
The Congress of the parliamentary oppositional United National Movement (UNM) Party will be held today. About 7 thousand delegates both from Tbilisi and regions will attend the Congress. Leaders of UNM will present speeches. Former President Mikheil Saakashvili will address the gathered audience through Skype from Washington. Members of Political Council and Chairpersons will be elected. Reportedly, the National Movement Political Board will have two co-chairmen – Nika Melia and Zaza Bibilashvili. 
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Meeting of working group on secret wiretapping to be held
Update Time: 2017-01-20 12:16:00
The working group on secret wiretapping will hold the next meeting today. Eka Beselia, Chairperson of the parliamentary Law Committee says that a research carried out together with various institutions and non-governmental organizations will be presented. According to Beselia, a mechanism, which will not weaken state institutions and will ensure security of citizens at the same time, will be elaborated. 
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Gianni Buquicchio visiting Georgia
Update Time: 2017-01-20 12:11:00
The Venice Commission delegation arrived in Georgia at the invitation of Georgian Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze. The delegation, led by Venice Commission President Gianni Buquicchio, will hold meetings with the Speaker of Parliament, representatives of the executive and legislative bodies and the President.On the first day, the delegation will visit the Parliament and meet with the Speaker of Parliament. During the visit, the delegation of the Venice Commission will meet the parliamentary faction Alliance of Patriots and the minority factions.
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